A teenager who struck a pipistrelle bat with a pool cue has been fined. Bruce Chisholm, 19, admitted deliberately or recklessly injuring or killing the bat while he was playing pool in a British Legion building in Aberdeen. Chisholm was fined £160 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for the offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
A bat was found in the women's toilets and was taken into the main drinking
area on a dustpan by the barman. The bat, which was lying still, was brought to the attention of Chisholm. He touched it, causing it to spring up and start flying in circles around the
pool table. The court heard offshore worker Chisholm had panicked and feared he might catch rabies.
Defence lawyer Gail Galloway said: "His first thoughts were bats -
rabies. It can be alarming if one is in the flight path as Mr Chisholm was. The bat flew into his pool cue when he was waving his arms around." Ms Galloway said her client had not meant to harm the bat. The animal was believed to have been stunned after being hit and was taken
Chisholm later returned to check on the animal but it had disappeared. Scottish SPCA chief supt Mike Flynn said: "Bats are very fragile creatures
and being struck with a pool cue would have caused it a great deal of pain,
suffering and distress. In our opinion, this was a deliberate and shameful act of violence against a
defenceless animal. As a result of our investigation, Chisholm now has a criminal record for
this mindless offence."